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Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal with a Common Springtime Injury

Spring is a season of beginnings - trees begin to flower, the lawn begins to grow - and as humans begin to ramp up physical activity in the nice weather, it is also the beginning of "plantar fasciitis" season! Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of your foot. It is designed to absorb the high stresses...

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How to Care for Wet Leather Shoes

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After record-setting snow fall, the resulting melt-out, and then a week of rain, your leather or suede shoes may be a little worse for wear. If your leather shoes got a little dirty, take a lightly-damp rag and gently wipe dirt from the shoes. If your shoes are suede or nubuck, you want to use a reasonably-stiff brush (an actual suede brush is best) to lightly and quickly brush dirt off of the shoe. Remember to always brush the suede in one direction - not back and forth. Suede has a 'grain' that we want to remain consistent. Now the...

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A Winter Escape to Pike Place Market

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Travel tip! This year has been a very busy one for my wife and I.  We have a newish 13 month old girl,  and along with both working full time and remodeling projects around the house we have had zero “date” time together. We both really enjoy Pike Place Market, but the spring and summer months instill the desire for seemingly *everyone* to visit Pike Place. Might I suggest visiting during the winter? Ahhh, so relaxing and peaceful! Wearing coats and beanies we hopped on the ferry around 10:30 and spoiled ourselves with a very early beer.  Nice to get...

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Men's House Shoe

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What is a men’s house shoe?  Honestly, it’s just a different term for the slipper.  But here’s the thing, we get many men coming through our doors for a House Shoe.  These house-shoes run a dual purpose…yes, it is nice in the winter to keep your feet warm, but more than that, many individuals need the arch support even when just tooling around in their homes or garage.  If you’re retired this product is very, very important as it may well be the shoe you wear the majority of the day. Men want the “House Shoe” to be multi-purpose.  This...

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Blundstone Talk

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If you haven’t tried a pair of Blundstone (referred to as Blunnies by many tried and true owners), you really should, they have gained immense popularity in the States (and around the world) for a reason. Born in 1870 in Tasmania, these rough and tough boots are made from the best materials.  They are committed to sustainable development and maximize the use of recycled and recyclable materials.  Any search online will bring up many, many reviews of fan’s experiences with their Blunnies.  These boots will do the work, take a beating, and keep on working! “We sold a pair to...

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